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Tips for Surviving the Residency

Tips for Surviving the Residency

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Robin Purman

We’re a little over a month into the residency—a month of laughter, tears, 5AM wake-ups, traffic jams, more coffee than I’ve ever consumed, and several AHA! moments. Being a resident about to start Cycle 2 of the Chicago Teacher Residency doesn’t make me an expert, but I have learned a few things.

Accept t...

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The Mindful Will Survive and Thrive

The Mindful Will Survive and Thrive

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Nora Keating

We all applied to the Chicago Teacher Residency for one reason or another. I applied to AUSL so that I could learn to become an effective teacher and be a part of the movement for educational progression and equality. During these first few weeks of residency, now that I am working in a Diverse Learners classroom at Howe School of Excellence, I ...

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No Direction to Go But Up

No Direction to Go But Up

Posted on September 4, 2015 by Sarah Riley

“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose!” - Dr. Seuss

This quote sums up my graduate experience thus far. On the first day of class, 12 MAT students walked into room 5032 as fresh meat—that is, new graduate students, nervous about entering into a world of ...

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Gaining Perspective, Building Confidence

Gaining Perspective, Building Confidence

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Nora Keating

Five weeks of nonstop reading, writing, and discussion have closed. Now we can catch up on sleep and recover. Having gained some downtime in between our five-week, four-course summer session and start of the school, I am just beginning to grasp how truly impactful the AUSL experience has been in broadening my perspective on education.

I ...

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The Cohort Experience

The Cohort Experience

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Weiler

Let me give you some numbers: fifteen people, five subject areas, four classes, one program.

On the first day of orientation, I was able to meet the other members of my secondary education cohort. The AUSL faculty laughed and told us we would become very close with one another over the course of this experience. Looking back over the las...

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The Best People You’ll Ever Meet

The Best People You’ll Ever Meet

Posted on August 6, 2015 by Laura Crook

“It feels a little like summer camp.”

I heard those words a lot during my first week as an AUSL teaching resident on the NLU campus. True, no summer camp I’ve ever gone to included health insurance enrollment, a business casual dress code, or graduate-level courses with hefty text books to match—but the summer cam...

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And So It Begins

And So It Begins

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Robin Purman

It’s been two weeks, and AUSL and I are currently in our honeymoon phase. Don’t get me wrong. Throughout orientation and our first weeks of graduate level classes, I have come to the realization that this is going to be a challenging, exhausting, and life-changing process.

They are not trying to hide this. We have been told ...

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The Journey to AUSL

The Journey to AUSL

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Allison Kerr

What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been, filled with moving across country, going through the three day AUSL orientation, meeting the other residents of my cohort, and trying not to get lost in the city of Chicago. I think it is safe to say almost all have gone successfully, with the exception of not getting lost, I’m still working o...

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